I stopped into Old Navy today looking for a denim jacket. I came away with three dresses. A $10 reward card, 20% discount card and dress sale for a grand total of just under $30 (for all three dresses!!)
My current obsession is this product from Kiehl's. It is 10.5% pure vitamin C. My skin texture has improved and it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Nothing short of surgery (maybe lasers) will get rid of wrinkles.
These two products contain copper. Putting these on top of the product above and you've got a real team working to improve the elasticity of your skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. My skin feels smoother and appears more hydrated and youthful. I'm hooked.
It isn't too early to start thinking about espadrilles. Many people are headed for warm spring-break destinations and summer really will be here before we know it although it is snowing outside as I write this.
I received a very thoughtful gift of Soludos espadrilles. Not only are these very well made and comfortable shoes, this particular pattern benefits "Friends of Finn".
Who is Finn and why would I want to be his friend you may ask? Finn is a dog belonging to Amanda Hearst (yes, that Hearst family). Amanda purchased Finn as a puppy from a pet store and most pet stores acquire their puppies from puppy mills. Since then she has become aware of the inhumane manner that puppies and their "parents" are treated in puppy mills. Friends of Finn is a committee founded by Hearst, who has gathered her friends and joined with the Humane Society to educate people about the abuse in puppy mills and this . Click here to view a video of a puppy mill raid.
Soludos supports the efforts of Friends of Finn by donating a portion of the sales this pattern of their espadrilles to the cause. Look carefully at the pattern. Do you see dog bones?
I love my Friends of Finn, Soludos espadrilles and can't wait for a warm day to wear them outside. You can buy your own pair by clicking here.
The calendar may say SPRING and that is encouraging but it is quite cold in Michigan. We are about two months away from being able to plant outside. But I can't wait.
Last week I "pinned" a post from poppytalk describing how to make a jar garden. (A terrarium would be a sealed container)
I assembled the materials. The tutorial called for charcoal chips to help filter the air in a closed container. If you choose to keep your jar garden sealed, be sure to include this step. You can purchase the charcoal from a pet shop or where aquarium supplies are sold.
Since I chose succulents for my garden, I used soil suited for these plants.
First layer: pebbles
Second layer: charcoal
Third layer: sheet moss to prevent soil from falling into the charcoal and pebbles.
Plants are next.
Surround the plants with sheet moss to retain moisture
Voilà! The garden is complete.
If using succulents, do not water the garden for two weeks. That will encourage the plants to send out roots, searching for water. Watering your jar garden/terrarium will depend on the plant material you choose. You can easily find watering guideline on the internet.
I was craving chocolate pie over the weekend and now I am paying for it. I did back to back classes at the gym today to compensate for my indulgence. It was so worth it and I'm about to have another piece.
This is one of my favorite pies, chocolate with a bit of espresso powder which intensify the chocolate flavor.
It isn't a really beautiful pie but the texture is gooey, rich and dark chocolate.
You'll know the pie is finished baking when the surface begins to get cracks around the edges.
Top with whipped cream if you wish. A 10 inch pie serves 10. This is a very simple dessert to make. Make your own pie crust or purchase a pre-made, unbaked crust.
1 10 inch, unbaked pie shell
8 tablespoons butter
2 oz unsweetened chocolate
1 oz semisweet chocolate
1 tablespoon instant coffee or espresso
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
If making your own pie shell, roll dough and fit into 10" pie pan and then refrigerate.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F
Melt butter and 2 chocolates and let cool (melt in microwave or on top of the stove)
Dissolve coffee in sour cream and beat with eggs, sugar, corn syrup and vanilla until well blended. Stir in chocolate and butter mixture. Pour into prepared pie shell. Bake until filling puffs and forms a crisp, deeply crackled crust, 35 - 45 minutes. Cool to room temperature.